TeliaSonera expands global fiber backbone

TeliaSonera’s International Carrier (TSIC) business is gaining additional connections with South America after completing a fiber expansion scheme in North America.
The IP traffic carrier plans to expand its service in the US to 44 cities by end-2014 after completing the upgrade, which adds 18.400-km of fiber to its global backbone network. TSIC was encouraged to invest in the network after securing 50 new large US business customers in 2013.
TSIC president, Erik Hallberg, says the fiber expansion is its largest build-out in the US since it first invested in the market in 2000. “It strengthens our global backbone and demonstrates our commitment to be ready to carry the big ideas of tomorrow.”
The carrier also expects the US fiber network to boost its business in South America, a region where it claims rapid growth. The additional connections to the region are “especially exciting for our fast-growing Latin American business,” says Ivo Pascucci, TSIC’s sales director for the Americas.